I’m Brandon, founder of EDWINS. We’re a fine dining French restaurant in Cleveland staffed entirely by former convicts –AMA!
My name is Brandon Edwin Chrostowski. I'm 37 years old and 10 years ago I founded EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute in Cleveland, Ohio with the goal of changing the face of re-entry in America.
EDWINS is a proven successful mix of award-winning French cuisine, and top-tier table service combined with a unique and revolutionary social cause. We are the only white tablecloth restaurant in the country whose staff consists entirely of formerly incarcerated men and women in both the kitchen and the front of house.
We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit whose mission is to give formerly incarcerated individuals a foundation in the hospitality industry while providing a support network necessary for successful re-entry to life outside of prison. Individuals are not only equipped with basic culinary skills, but are also assisted with finding employment, housing, basic medical care, clothing, job coaching and literacy programs. We have trained more than 166 students and only 1.2% have re-offended. We also teach the same course in prisons around the state of Ohio. We’re proving that second chances exist and the ability to change lives is possible. More background information available at www.edwinsrestaurant.org, www.facebook.com/edwinsCLE or www.twitter.com/edwinscle.
Steve Harvey Show (ABC): http://www.steveharveytv.com/harveys-hero-brandon/
Reddit Front Page Conversation: https://www.reddit.com/r/UpliftingNews/comments/5n5exz/cleveland_finedining_restaurant_that_hires_excons/
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